Rochelle is looking for a bounce back season in 2015. The Hubs missed the playoffs for the second year in a row after having made them 16 of the previous 18 years.
“It’s just a process,” says Rochelle head coach Kevin Crandall. “It’s just a matter of getting better everyday. They’ve come to practice with a sense of urgency you know to fix the things we need to fix.”
The Hubs have a new signal caller running their offense in junior Noah Mershon, and despite his lack of experience Rochelle is excited about what he can bring to the table.
“He’s been a quarterback in this system,” says Crandall. “He’s a good leader. He throws the ball pretty well. We don’t throw the ball a whole lot, but when we do we need it to be accurate. He does a good job of that, and just good command of the offense.”
Rochelle has a large number of young and inexperienced players on their roster this year, and getting them ready for their first taste of varsity football is a task of its own. But the seniors like what they see from the new guys.
“I think they’re all coming out here with a lot of competitiveness, really fighting for their position, not taking anything for granted really,” says senior wide receiver and cornerback Steven Eychaner. “They come out wanting to work and working hard, holding each other accountable.”
“I’ve seen a lot of younger kids step up,” says senior tight end and defensive lineman Riley Williams. “A lot of the seniors starting to step up too, and starting to lead to, not vocally but physically.”
The Hubs really believe this is the year they get back into the postseason.
“I think if everyone gets in sync, works as hard as they can, works together we’d have a really good shot at making the playoffs,” says Eychaner. “That’s what I’m working for. I think that’s what most of my fellow teammates are working for, and I’d hope so.”
Rochelle opens up their season at Chicago Corliss on Saturday, August 27th.